Africa Aerospace & Defence 2018

Encouraging females into aerospace [AAD18D3]

21 September 2018

AAD 2018 host partner, the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), hosted Women in Aviation in its chalets yesterday. Speaking at the event, CAASA president, Tracey Eloff, reiterated the association's support for Women in Aviation.

Women in Aviation is a non-profit organisation supported by various companies including CAASA. It has successfully developed the Girls Fly Programme in Africa Foundation (GFPA) into the ideal platform for positively influencing the youth of Southern Africa. The aim of GFPA is to engage, educate and empower, by reaching out to female students interested in the aerospace industry.

"We encourage eligible female students between the ages of 14 and 18 years with notable academic standings and community service hours to join us in the programmes we host," said Refilwe Ledwaba, founder of Women in Aviation.

Most recently, the GFPA Class of 2018 included 100 female learners; 20 from Botswana were hosted at a four-day aerospace and STEM camp. The camp was a major success and introduced all the learners to the aviation industry.

GFPA has also launched its job shadowing programmes.

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